Kida is in-charge of Nigeria basketball – FG

Pius Ayinor

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated that the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation led by Musa Kida is the only legitimate body with the power to administer the game of basketball in the country, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

The government’s statement follows a civil court verdict in Abuja on Monday which tossed out a challenge to the legitimacy of the Kida’s led board.

The  FG stated: “Our attention has been drawn to the judgement of an Abuja High court  striking out case Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/497/17 filed by one El Hassan Auwalu and Abdullahi Bello against the NBBF and Solomon Dalung as an individual defendant on the June 20, 2017 Federation elections.

“We are also aware of a purported legal notice filed by one Barrister Josiah O. Daniel-Ebune sending a caveat to the general public to that effect that there is no duly constituted leadership in the Nigeria basketball Federation.

“Barrister Dalung has once again reiterates, for the benefit of the general public, that the Musa Kida led executive is in charge of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.”

The Minister made it very clear on Monday April 8, 2019 that the latest judgement of the Abuja High Court puts to rest the purported leadership tussle in the NBBF.

 “The Musa Kida led executive is in charge of the Nigeria Basketball Federation. The matter having been struck out by the court means that there are no more issues left unventilated.

 “It is a fact that FIBA has since given recognition to the Musa Kida led executive and has been working with them since the elections. This has led to the level of considerable progress recorded in Nigerian Basketball. Therefore the purported legal notice is an extension of a mischief intended to create an impression of an existing chaos so as to scare prospective investors who have been declaring interest in basketball in Nigeria.”

Dalung maintained that the position of government is clear that any grievances must be ventilated within the confines of the rule of law which in the circumstance is the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

He warned that those looking to foment trouble where there was none will face the full wrath of the law.

 “Adopting unconventional methods just to secure personal benefits and destroy government’s investments in sports will no longer be treated with kids gloves, therefore, I call on security-agencies to be on the alert for those who have not been impressed by the remarkable progress recorded in sports development in Nigeria or will always want to throw Government in bad light.”